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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares: NO Spoiler Review

It’s 2020, fellow bookworms!

And I have a review for all of you. It’s another #OzYA review.

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares was published in 2017, but it is a book I am coming back to because I have read it during the holidays a few years back.


Let’s get reviewing!

Overall Star Rating: 5 out of 5

One-sentence summary: A well-written story of love, life, fear, death, mental illness and so many other things. 

Plot summary: Esther’s family is cursed. Ever since her grandfather crossed paths with Death her family has been suffering from the strangest fears, which eventually lead them to their own graves. Esther, not wanting to go down the same road as them, makes a list of all the things that scare her, so she can avoid them to keep away death. When Esther meets her primary school mate Jonah, the two set out on a crazy journey of love and self-discovery, that helps Esther beat her fears.

What I liked: Everything. The plot, the characters, the romance, the interesting contemporary and relevant subject matter… A 5 star read, so I liked it a lot!

What I didn’t like: A bit of a vague ending which some may not be satisfied with. But I actually liked it as it made me think about the whole story and the lesson of it. Overall, I found the ending quite subjective, so if you are looking for a less straight-forward read (is that even a category? cos it should be) then this book is for you.

Trigger Warning: there is a lot of quite heavy content in this book, including mentions of death, anxiety, self-harm, suicide, abuse.

Will I recommend it? If yes, to who? I will recommend this book to everyone. It is a unique story which is well written. Why not give it a read? For me, that is the best attitude to have with books. If you don’t like it you can always put it down and find another book.

Happy reading!

PS: I’m currently reading Chemical Hearts. Anyone read it?



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